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Genesis 19:4-13 (New International Version)

Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom — both young and old — surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”

Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”

“Get out of our way,” they replied. And they said, “This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.

But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.

The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here — sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.”

It’s important to notice the Bible says in the NKJV “...the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house.” In other words, down to the last man. But this has been interpreted to imply that every last man, both young and old, were gay. This cannot be the case, first of all because Lot’s daughters were likely pledged to be married to men of Sodom, or Lot would not have settled there. Also, if all the men were homosexuals, Lot would not have offered his daughters to appease them. If the men of this entire city were gay, there would have been no heterosexual sex to sustain them, and they would have grown old and died out.

Any reasonable interpretation of the story must account for the facts that all the males of Sodom (both homosexual and heterosexual), and perhaps even the women, participated in this attack. For instance, in the Matthew 14:21 where Jesus fed the multitude, it says: about five thousand men, besides women and children. In biblical accounts, it is often only the men who are counted. Also, remember that God had agreed to spare Sodom if just ten righteous inhabitants could be found. If their ‘sin’ was homosexuality, would there not have been at least 10 people in the entire city who were not homosexuals?

Since Lot didn’t comply with their wishes, they said they would do worse to him than to the two guests. They were trying to force down the door. The intentions of that event was violent rape, not loving relationship, but was fueled by the urge to dominate and humiliate the guests of Lot.

Archeological records and writings show that it was common practice in the Near East during ancient times for soldiers to use homosexual rape as a way of humiliating their enemies. When victorious soldiers wanted to break the spirit of their defeated enemies, they would ‘treat them like women’ by raping them. The practice was not driven by sexual desire, but by brutality and hatred toward the enemy.

The ‘sin’ of Sodom and Gomorrah worthy of total destruction - the great ‘outcry’ God is referring to in chapter 18 is not homosexuality, and the Bible makes it clear...

Ezekiel 16:48-50
“As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, your sister Sodom and her daughters never did what you and your daughters have done. Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned, they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.”

Detestable is always translated from the same Hebrew word shiqquts (Strongs 8251), it always relates to idol worship, idolatrous, an idol — disgusting, abominable. So nothing resembling homosexuality is mentioned.

Amos 4:11
“I overthrew some of you as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the LORD.

In reading the entire book of Amos, it says that God promises to overthrow Israel as He overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, for 3 things: turning away from God (unfaithfulness), being evil to the poor, and living selfishly. Nothing resembling homosexuality is mentioned.

Jeremiah 23:13,14
Among the prophets of Samaria I saw a repulsive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led my people Israel astray. And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible: They commit adultery and live a lie. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns from his wickedness. They are like Sodom to me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.

No references to homosexuality.

In Matthew 10:11-15, Jesus compares the sin of Sodom to the sin of faithlessness in people who reject the Gospel and are inhospitable. There is no reference to sex sin.

In Matthew 11:20-24, Jesus again makes reference to Sodom’s destruction as He talks about unrepentant Korazin and Bethsaida, and the miracles they had among them. The subject is religious unfaithfulness and unbelief, not homosexuality.

In II Peter 2:9,10, it talks about them being lawless and lustful, that they were presumptuous, self-willed, that they despised authority and spoke evil of dignitaries, but there is no mention of specific sex sin.

There are about 20 references to the story of Sodom in the Bible, and none of them state that homosexuality was the sin of Sodom.

Only Jude 7 seems to express otherwise, but it is a passage which is often misinterpreted. A simple study reveals something completely different.

The word “sodomy” itself is a misnomer, but has not been prevented from being entered into law books as the term for the ‘unlawful’ act of performing anal sex. This perpetuates the term being linked with the incorrect definition.

There is no word in biblical Greek or Hebrew for “sodomy” as a description of anal sex. Sodomite would normally, simply describe a person from Sodom. But instead, it is an old English word for homosexual, based on original flawed understanding of why Sodom was destroyed.

There was no association between the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and homosexuality until the 4th century.

The King James Bible was published in 1611, under the authorization of King James I who was a homosexual. His nobles were able to banish his lover to France and broke up the relationship. The scholars who translated the Authorized 1611 version of the Bible deliberately mistranslated the word qadesh into Sodomite as a warning to the king that God would not tolerate such activity.

There is 1 “sodomite” and 4 “sodomites” in the entire KJV, and they are all translated from this Hebrew qadesh (Strongs 6945) which is: a sacred person, a male devotee (by prostitution) to licentious idolatry. In all five instances where the word appears in the Bible, it is referring to male religious ritual sex, not homosexual relationships.

Even the name “Sodom” means burned or scorched and was likely a term given to the region after its destruction. Knowing it was destroyed by God, those describing the region would have been reluctant to so much as mention the name. So it is likely that the original name for the city may not have survived.